Turning 30

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Truth

I know I’ve only been 30 for about 17 days, 10 hours and 45 minutes, however, I think that gives me a little authority on the subject.

Everybody tells you that it isn’t bad turning 30. In fact, they go one step further and say it’s like any other birthday. That’s a boldface lie. It’s slightly different because now you happen your an official adult. No more milestone birthdays to make transition through decades easier. Ethan Hawke, Growing up, old, 30

All jokes aside though turning 30 wasn’t as bad as I had envisioned. It was totally fine. If your definition is crying at weird moments throughout the weekend then it was totally fine. Not only did I cry during “Sing Street”, I cried at dinner, I cried after dinner before bed, I cried the following morning and I’m sure I cried some more. I’m placing blame on the new moon and Saturn’s retrograde.

New Lessons: Things I Learned In My 20s

  1. It’s going to hurt. You will cry. It’s an excuse to buy shoes. Don’t let heartbreak harden your heart. Just because you like that person today, doesn’t mean you will in a few months. Have fun but try with caution. If you happen to find your soul mate, good for you. Every failed relationship is a way to look at yourself and see what it is you want and how to go about seeking it in positive ways.

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    Gretchen was actually really fetch about this
  2. You have to fail just once at something. If you fail, “Dust yourself off and try again.” -Aaliyah. Failure is one of the greatest teachers we can learn from. I’ve had my share of failures and it took a long time to finally come to a place where I’m okay with them. Without those failures, I don’t think I’d appreciate the lessons I’ve learned in the past few years. Check your ego at the door. patrick dempsey, can't buy me love, amanda petersen, 80s, movies, love, paula abdul
  3. The family you choose is a wonderful thing. People come into your life at particular moment, sometimes they leave at particular moments. As you grow older, you want people in your group that are supportive, have similar ideals as yourself. You don’t have to be friends with everyone. It’s not satisfying. Some of these friends, you’ve shared tough and happy times with. Don’t take them for granted.
  4. Time waits for no one. It’s precious. Learn it. Live it. Love it. No, I mean that. If people want to throw their bad energy into the harmony your trying to create, it’s really okay to walk away from those situations. You are in charge of your life and happiness. Your boss was fine before your arrival and he’ll be fine after your departure. However, if it comes to friendships, you should grow a set of balls and learn to talk about the issues before throwing away friendships. Communicate before you eradicate.

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    Really though?
  5. You start to appreciate yourself more than you thought you did. Spending time alone doesn’t bother you as much. Learning new hobbies actually seems like a fun idea. In an ideal world, the more we knew who we are and the more we love ourselves, the more you start to live life.
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  6. You never stop learning. People are always evolving. You come to a point where you realize, nobody really knows how to do this called “Adulting.” It’s just everybody trying to find their own path and dealing with the bumps along the way.
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    This is life.

    In essence, it’s not bad turning 30. A little scary because no two paths are alike. Keep making new mistakes, living when you can, creating memories and you’ll move forward.

    Nothing a sheet mask and a glass of wine can’t fix, right?

Sheet Masks

Sheet masks can be used anywhere without interrupting daily life
Use them anywhere, anytime without interruption of daily life

Sheet masks have always been one of my favorite obsessions. Except I never really paid attention to the purpose except that it was just another thing to buy. One of the staples of Korean skin care is finding its way stateside. A thin cotton sheet is doused  in a liquid that will brighten, hydrate and even hide those fine lines! If your skeptic, it’s understandable but if you’ve had a facial, there’s a chance they used a sheet masks on you.

Add Sheet Masks To Your Regimen: DON’T THROW AWAY YOUR MASKS! These masks are an addition to your regimen. The liquid that the sheet is packaged in is a serum formula which is giving your skin nutrients. It’s not going to deep cleanse or exfoliate your skin. I use them on days that I’m feeling dry or my skin isn’t looking it’s best.

Not A Replacement: Yes, it’s a serum based formula. No, you cannot throw out your daily serum in lieu of this. While the temptation to use them everyday with different price points, it’s just a bit excessive. The effects only last for a day, so continuing using the serum that works for you.

Is My Face Too Big?: One size never fits all. EVER! As you know, there are countless face sizes and shapes but only size masks. Applying them is kind of annoying. Laying down works best, working your way up from the bottom to the top. Smoothing it out as you go along.

Use Them Anywhere: Open the package, apply, wait 20-30 minutes and throw it away. It’s pretty simple. I use mine a lot on the train or on my way to work. You only have so much time in a day, so why not spending it wisely.

Goodbye 2015

The best way to describe 2015 is with the quote “Everything happens for a reason.” We don’t always know what those reasons are, why they are happening and quite frankly, I don’t think we are supposed to know.

I’m so thankful for all that have believed in me this yearn and pushed me to become a better person. I’m more than ready for 2016 to begin and excited for all that will happen throughout the year. Excited for a new year to get closer to new goals and complete old goals.

 

London 2015

“There is nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.” – Vivienne Westwood

I completely agree with that statement. If you haven’t been, it’s definitely a place to put on the list of places to visit. I was extremely fortunate and am forever grateful for the chance to have gone recently to London and get a taste of what this amazing city has to offer!

You could say that I’m difficult when it comes to food. Very difficult. However, being in a new country it really was exciting to try new culinary dishes that I might not try on my own. You know what? I actually enjoyed it too!

It was really difficult to get back on the plane to come back home but you honestly know where life is going to take you….so until next time London!

 

Some of My Favorites: NYFW

In keeping up with tradition of “Throwback Thursday” why not post some of my favorite looks from my NYFW. These are a few of my favorite looks and I just wanted to share.

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HMBalmaination: November 5th

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Designer collaborations and H&M are nothing new. Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin and so many more have participated. One of the highly anticipated collections of the year is about 21 days away. If you’re a fan of Balmain, November 5th, Oliver Rousteing is making it just a bit more affordable for you to get your Balmain fix!

I have always loved Balmain. Decadent embroidered blazers, skin-tight tailoring and dresses adorned with pearl embellishments Balmain doesn’t skimp when it comes to the “WOW” factor.

However, when I look at the collection everything screams Kim Kardashian-West. It was really hard to look at the collection and say to myself “That’s fierce!” or “OMG! I need this!” In all actuality the only thing that really is appealing is the Balmain logo t-shirts.

Personally, I was really excited when I learned about it. After seeing the look book, I just don’t know what I think about it anymore. I’m a bit less than impressed but maybe in person it will have a different effect on me!!!

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The September Issue: In Mid October

Summer is officially over. Fall has entered the room. Bringing with it everything from crisp morning air, foliage and most importantly fashion. Fall is actually a really fun season to dress up and play around with different trends.

gary erica chair watermark editedGREY: An alternative to black, this color never goes out of style. Grey really is unique in the sense that it can take you from day to evening without ever having to change. Grey is a dominant color this fall/winter season but KNOWING how to wear it will set you apart from everyone else.

A white shirt and black tie create a super clean and classic look. You can also opt for fun colors like lilac or powder blue to deflect hues.

It’s in the accessories. Whether it be a fun patterned tie or a pocket square you’ve found a way to bring your grey to life. Stay in the same shade family within a few shades but leave the shirt the lightest.

0C9A7683COATS: It’s a personal thing, knowing which coat works best for you. Stay classic and wear a Pea Coat or a Topcoat. Simple with style. Add a little spice to your sweatpants when running to the store or keep it formal with a suit.

Marc Woods 2CAMOUFLAGE: One would think that this pattern is especially hard to pair with clothing but in fact camouflage is a nice subtle addition to any closet. Stick to one type of camouflage. Whether its traditional army or a floral, keep it to one pattern. Accessories, wallets, etc., are great ways to add small doses of this print into to your wardrobe.

These are just a few ways to get yourself ready for fall. It’s not set in stone because good style is about what works for you!

Credits

Wardrobe: Frank & Oak, Lord & Taylor, Ministry of Supply & 9Tailors

Models: Erica Snow, Gary Croteau, Marc,

Hair: Kerri Marland

Styling: Catherine Lynch & Andrae Brashear

Photography: Catherine Lynch

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Kanye West? Damon Dash? Karmaloop?!

Damon thirsty for that spotlight.....Kanye is gonna play you!
Damon thirsty for that spotlight…..Kanye is gonna play you!

I’ve always been a fan of Karmaloop. However, I must have lived under a rock of concrete slab for information like this.

Supposedly, Karmaloop  filed for bankruptcy and Kanye “THE HNIC” saved the day with Damon Dash. Damon Dash ain’t broke but when everyone else is throwing down plastic to pay, he’s still working.

I think the real problem if you look at Karmaloop and all that they had for merchandise, maybe readers would wish list and forget about it. If Kanye and Damon are able to revamp it, rather than the plethora of shit that it became that would be amazing.

It’s not really my business though. I can’t see this being a good venture but maybe they’ll prove me wrong. Given the track record on Damon and if you want to be bitchy, throw Stacey in, yeah this is gonna be an epic fail. Or nah.

Marc Jacobs: The Last Pair

These right here

Marc by Marc Jacobs, you can either buy them for me anywhere online. This is a special pre-order for October. Your card will get a charge right away if you order on Solestruck.Just letting you know. These are amazing and I NEED THEM! They’re not even that expensive. I’d buy myself but it’s a sin to send gifts to yourself.

Order the shoe in women’s size 11. They have better color choices anyways.

Aren’t these amazing? Marc Jacobs…..You may stay!

A Little More Color

Just another little peek at what I’m doing during the day Tuesday thru Saturday. I love having a creative group of people in my circle of friends. It really allows for great energy when collaborating on shoots.

 

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